The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded him to meet Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he facilitates out defensively too
No one wants to be told off by their baby and Gabriel Jesus is no different. The Brazilian wonderkid, who signed for Manchester City in the summer for 27 m and will join the Premier League chairmen in January, is an opportunity to become one of best available sends in “the worlds” but what makes him stand out even more is his are looking forward to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a attribute he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their baby if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he says in his first interrogation with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she necessitates a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something is worth adoration. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really upkeeps. She ever tells me the truth and her seriousnes facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and tremendously positive attendance in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no astonish considering his upbringing. The musicians father died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother invoked him and his three brothers on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of coin around. A football participate grows up faster than other beings, he supposes. I grew up very soon because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a very mature 19 -year-old. We meet at Academia de futebol, Palmeirass training centre and he is respectful and humble. He does not wear sunglasses or headphones and does not play with his mobile during the course of its interview. He starts by apologising for being late. I had to do the sparkler bath, he explains.
It has been a hectic 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble locality on the suburbs of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , simply a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 destinations in 22 games in the Paulista Under-1 7 competition and at the end of the season he was reputation the best beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then manufactured his debut for the senior unit, tallying two purposes in a 3-0 away win against Ecuador. And he is still a teen. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a devotee: When I learn Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a incredible jaunt ahead, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur squad Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the pitches of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous prodigious knacks these days, he did not join a upper side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his job was very much determined by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his memory and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo demo a boy with a ball in his hands looking at a favela in front of him, fantasy of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his sidekick Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed working hard and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as going forward. From an early age, in my vrzea daytimes[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the managers I had. I am the same today. After all, it is very important to penetrate the tone knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit sidekicks. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive automobile. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat gondola in the community where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be pitch-black in our communities, he wrote on Instagram.
He remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the sorority did not render him adaptation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from practice, and that would have had a negative impact on his school work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life have traditionally been football and that simply, he suggests. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, play-act video games and so on. I precisely adore football. Some parties joke that I am too into it but football exactly summing-up up my life.
His discipline is surprising for such a young age, and this is probably one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was hopeless to introduce him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off challenger from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of a phone call from their new manager.
It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn won, Gabriel Jesus says. The spirit of Guardiola as a manager at City and the facts of the case that it is a great association were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It saw me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already made me feel very safe about his project there.